About the youth service
Our youth service works with young people aged 11-25. We give priority to young people aged 13 to 19 (and up to age 24 if there is a Statement of Educational Needs (SEN).
Youth work helps young people to learn about themselves, others and society through activities which combine enjoyment, challenge, learning and achievement. It is a developmental process that starts in places and at times where and when young people are ready to engage, learn and make use of it. The relationship between the youth worker and the young person is central to the process.
Youth work takes place in youth centres, schools and colleges, parks, streets and shopping precincts - wherever young people are likely to gather.Youth work methods include support for individuals, work with small groups and learning through experience. Youth work offers young people safe spaces to explore their identity, experience decision-making, increase their confidence, develop interpersonal skills and think through the consequences of their actions. This leads to better informed choices, changes in activity and improved outcomes for young people. (Aiming High, 2007).
1. To deliver targeted 'Early Help' preventative interventions to build resilience, reduce risky behaviour and develop young people's social and emotional skills - enabling them to make positive choices, manage change and navigate risk.
2. To empower young people to have a voice and present their views to key decision makers, in order to influence change on both local and national levels.
How we work with young people
- A city centre, street based Youth Work team able to deliver interventions, one-to-one and group work - responding to the needs of young people
- Health Specialist posts (teenage pregnancy, sexual health and substance misuse) to deliver one-to-one and group work to young people ink youth and community settings.
- An integrated Youth Participation and Advocacy team, supporting young people's voice vehicles and young people in social care to have independent rights and support information. This includes the Brighton and Hove Youth Council.
- Duke of Edinburgh Award programme - targeting vulnerable groups, including young people with special educational needs (SEN).
- Outdoor Education Adviser - providing support and guidance to schools and youth groups on adventurous and off-site activities.
Alongside the youth work the service is also responsible for
- Youth Employability Service - Supporting young people, aged 16-19 (up to 25 with a statement of Special Educational Needs) who are, or are at at risk of, NEET. Please see a link to the Youth Employability Service (Facebook) for more information.
- Mobile Play Project - Free play activities for children aged 5-10 years.
- Along with many partners across statutory and voluntary service sectors and projects, the Youth Service works in partnership with the Early Help hub and Brighton & Hove Youth Collective.